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visits. we are even following when he got out of the hospital a year ago. his mother calling it a miracle. she is happy there has been one arrest but she would like to hear about more arrests. kenneth parker is facing 14 counts in relation to the shooting. the police chief said this afternoon she called jaydan's mother monique before making the announcement to us. >> i spoke to jaydan's mom earlier this afternoon. where she was on her way to the doctors with her son, as you imagine with a serious injury still continues to have problems. health problems because of that injury. tom: for the man arrested, kenneth parker, he is facing 14 counts in relation to this case but he has been charged with other crimes. police say the way they picked him up, he was already in the d.c. jail on
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when they went to arrest him in the case of jaydan stancil. reporting live, i'm tom roussey, abc7 news. alison: okay, tom. thank you very much. we turn now to more breaking news tonight. this time from metro. we have learned the acting chief safety officer has re-signed. and in his resignation letter, lewis brown says he has reached a career crossroads and needs to move on. he will stay on the job another month. this comes of course a week after the entire system was shut down for safety concerns. brown has been filling in since december. leon: u.s. special forces kill withhold they believe was isis' second in command. a pentagon official tells cnn that the original plan was to capture haji imam. they wanted to capture him alive. something happened, though, at the last minute to cause special ops to fire on his vehicle. he was believed to handle the
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alison: that big blow to isis comes amidst a series of raids targeting isis terrorists. one of those arrested is believed to have played a role in tuesday's bombing that killed 31 people. our chief political correspondent scott thuman following this from the terrorism desk. two americans are among those killed? scott: you are right. siblings alexander and sasha were headed home to new york when the bombs exploded at the airport. alexander was on the phone with his mother when the line went dead. as we hear more stories like that, heart-breaking ones we are seeing investigators to connect the dots, resulting in the numerous, dramatic raids and arrests. a shoot-out led to the arrest officials say is linked to tuesday's deadly terror attacks in brussels. witnesses say they heard two explosions, then gunfire.
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custody was wounded according to the local mayor. police focused on the town of schaerbeek since thursday when they raided a nearby apartment and some chemicals and an isis flag. secretary of state john kerry said friday more attacks could be in the works. >> we know there are foreign fighters who have returned from syria over the span of five years. that is the reason we are being individual leapt and being alert -- vigilant and alerts. scott: as the war on isis rages on the victims from tuesday's attack struggle to recover from physical and the emotional wounds. american survivor mason wells is counting his blessing. >> i was so lucky. so lucky. seeing how close i was. scott: big picture wise, the discussion of isis. the general joseph dunford was et quoting as saying, "we have momentum but
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isis." that is the biggest concern now. alison: another topic you are researching while you look into this are the missed warning signs and the red flags that should have been picked up on. scott: especially in brussels in that one particular neighborhood molenbeek. this weekend on "full measure" at 9:30 we look at the red flags and the warning signs and we have interviews we did when we were there where they said this is going to happen and it will happen in brussels. we'll hear the interviews. they are prophetic warnings. scary stuff. but they raise the warning back then. they say it has been ignored. alison: okay. we'll be watching for that. thank you. leon? leon: back on this side of the pond now. when you think it has been as ugly as ever we see and hear some of the nastiest mud slinging yet of the 2016 presidential campaign now underway in the race for the white house. this time it's ted cruz blasting donald trump. cruz says he planted a story in the "national enquirer" accusing cruz of having
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jay korff tracking this in the satellite center. jay, easy to forget we are in the middle of the presidential race with this stuff going around. jay: if we thought their differences on the various political issues weren't inflammatory enough. now the front-runners donald trump and ted cruz are attacking each other personally. the latest accusation is in a tabloid and it involves adultery. the rhetoric has been incendiary for some time. >> you know, lying ted. we call him "lying ted." jay: what transfired friday when donald trump and u.s. senator ted cruz has gone to a new level of political rhetoric. >> the question that the people of america are asking is how low will donald go? jay: this arrested when a super-pac poked fun of trump's wife melanie hastings. he responded be careful, lying ted or i'll spill the beans on your wife. and they retweeted shot of heidi next to glamorous
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>> you are a sniveling coward. leave heidi the hell alone. >> cruise reacted to the article in the "national enquirer" that alleged he has had multiple affairs with women. >> this garbage does not belong in politics. jay: the senator from texas is also trying trump to the salacious tabloid article saying he and his henchman conspired with the "national enquirer." >> i believe his conduct in the campaign is convincing millions of americans this man would be an embarrassment as president. jay: for mr. trump -- >> i respect women incredibly. >> he issued a statement in part that reads i have no idea whether the cover story about ted cruz in this week's issue of the "national enquirer" is true or not but i had absolutely nothing to do with it, did not know about it and have not red -- read quit." reportin
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satellite center, jay korff. leon: thank you, jay. we can all take a shower. now go from the ridiculous to the sublime. another story we're following. cherry blossoms officially at their peak along the tidal basin. alison: the weather outside is beautiful for heading down to the tidal basin. to enjoy this. our chief meteorologist doug hill is here now. really a big outdoor weekend. is the rain going to hold off for that? doug: it looks that way. we have showers this morning move through with the cold front. it hasn't knocked the blossoms off. it will turn cooler but we will be fine for the cherry blossom watching saturday and sunday as well. get to it with the temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60's. cooler air is moving in. 57 in hagerstown. after the cold front the cooler air is coming in. it's dryer and gusty. we will see the numbers tumble after sunset. overnight we expect the numbers to drop in the 40's in the metro area. probable in the 30's in the -- probably in the 30's
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suburban areas. tomorrow starts with clouds. average temperature of 43 to 47. something like that in the morning in the metro area. then we start to warm up and we have a breeze out of the north and the northeast. that will keep it cooler. no more 70's. 61 will be the high. it looks like we'll stay dry through easter sunday and fill details of the easter forecast. talk about the timing of rain on monday. give at it few more days for the forecast with no extra charge. leon: you're so generallous. we appreciate -- you're so generous. we appreciate it. you can keep the forecast and doug hill with you. download the stormwatch7 weather app for the iphone or android. alison: loved ones packed the first baptist church of glenarden today to remember prince george's county officer jacai colson. colson was killed in the line of duty until two weeks ago. our amy aubert shows us how colson was remembered today. amy: friends, family and law enforcement agencies all honoring a detective gone too soon. >> his mark
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lasting as his years on the earth were brief. amy: a lasting mark, a mark loved ones say of loyalty. hard work and dedication left by a 28-year-old jacai colson. >> my baby is at peace. >> close friends refer to colson as their brother and say he gave them the greatest gift of all. time. >> jack was a vessel from god who was sent to show us how to live our lives. amy: family mens say he loved his job -- family members say he loved his job, was active in the community and would have done anything to help anyone. >> this shows what type of man he was. >> everyone else running away and he is running to it. amy: outside the funeral doors. >> rest in peace, officer colson. amy: john davis showed his support. >> we want them to know we support them and that in this time of sorrow, that we stand with them. >> an entire community surround about family and departments in a time of
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>> to be absent from the body is to present with the lord. >> message ringing through friday's service. officer jacai colson isn't just in a better place, family members say, he is in the best place. amy aubert, abc7 news. alison: meanwhile three brothers are facing dozens of criminal charges for that shoot-out where colson was killed. police say michael ford opened fire outside the district iii station in an attempted suicide by cops. his brothers are accused of recording the entire thing on their cell phone and then lying to police. the shot that killed colson was filed by another prince george's county officer. police believe he mistook colson who was not in uniform as the suspect. yesterday, colson's family said they reached out to that officer to offer their support. leon: still ahead here at 5:00, a man from fairfax county arrested in north korea. the shocking about sancti
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he is facing. alison: problems with an audio of a nightclub forced a fight between two rappers and now one is accused of attempted murder. only on 7, he tells his side of the story. leon: plus, what is going on here? a case of road rage at fairfax county. woman crashes into a man's car repeatedly accusing him of being part of isis. what he says went through his head when he ran off for help. mike: i'm mike carter-conneen at the tidal basin where we reached peak bloom. how you can avoid the traffic wi
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leon: back now on good friday with a look at the procession in northwest washington. several events mark the way of the cross around the area today. it allows catholic to reflect on jesus' suffering, death; resurrection of easter. alison: the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin reached peak bloom. with the beautiful flowers comes an ugly traffic situation. mike carter-conneen join us live from the tidal basin with a look at how you can enjoy the former while avoiding the latter.
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mike? mike: don't get me wrong. there is no place like the tidal basin when it comes to cherry blossoms this season. if you don't care for bumper-to-bumper traffic or wall-to-wall people you can still enjoy the beautiful blossoms across washington. if you are not a fan of dodging selfie sticks, sitting in traffic or circling for parking -- >> it's really bad. it's backed up. mike: -- you might want to avoid the tidal basin this weekend. >> it's crazy. traffic everywhere. everyone trying to get places. might as well fight to the death, you know what i'm saying? mike: for many locals -- >> the traffic is terrible. mike: -- the peak bloom signals tourist season. why make the trip downtown when you can enjoy them across the district. >> you go for a run anywhere in the city you can spot a cherry blossom. maybe we take it for granted. mike: a new website dccherrypicker helps you find the newest bloom many
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just walking outside your house. mike: he created it using the tree data. >> coord nants and i -- coord nants and i uploaded it. >> tasty treats created a map of the flowers trees in d.c. if you are really lazy check out the cherry blossom earth cam. if you ask these visitors a trip to the tidal basin is worth dealing with the traffic. >> very much worth it. everybody should be here today. >> it's wonderful and beautiful. trees are awesome. mike: the d.c. cherry picker website is really something else. it's fascinating. the developer of it, andrew, has a full-time job as editor at "the lat -- the atlantic." he does it as a hobby. he said the interest and the demand, 5,000 visitors and he hopes to expand it next season and maybe make an app. mike carter-conneen, abc7 news. leon: thank you,
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the wardrobe here. alison: they bring it out once a year. leon: just for this. speaking of that image we have asked and you delivered. thank you. we are getting hundreds of fantastic photos from the viewers now. check this out. taken after sunrise this morning along the tidal basin. thanks to debra for this one. alison: iconic scene there. we got the beautiful pictures from lisa showing her daughter spending the day amongst the blossoms. but in addition to that, you know what she got? a special moment last night at dinner when she was seated next to a huge celebrity. leon: yeah. alison: his name is leon harris. he is a big deal. leon: donnie simpson. that is who that is. alison: she wrote this. they sent this specifically to say thank you to you because they said you are a consummate professional. leon: i chewed with my mouth closed. alison: you don't do it here. [laughter] everybody is out and about enjoying it. i hope the weather
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cooperate. doug: i had a pink shirt yesterday. a little cooler for the weekend. tons of people in town. it will be fine. they need a jacket rather than short sleeves. let's start the coverage. i have another picture to share. this is from deanna in frederick that took this beautiful picture this morning. gorgeous stuff everywhere you look around the capital. enjoy them while they last. there are seven, eight, nine days, maybe more of decent bloom. enjoy the color here. the temperatures are cooler than this time yesterday. 67 at reagan national. period of cloudiness and sunshine, too. we get through the everything and we see more and more of the clear skies. drier air moving in from the north and west. 67 at reagan national. 74 in fredericksburg. the farther west the cooler the air. the cooler air comes through tonight. still blowing at 18 miles per hour in winchester. we have cooler air back
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will drop in the 30's. the breeze is blowing around the high level of the free pollen. mold spore in the low range on friday. you notice temperatures the farther west you go. the colder it will get. 40 in columbus now. 43 in pittsburgh. 45 in charleston. the colder air will come tonight to get rid of the 77 in richmond and 75 in raleigh. cooler air on the way. tomorrow's high temperature will be cooler as well. satellite and the radar. we watch the showers move through. they are offshore now. this is the back edge of the cold front over the coastline. now high pressure will build in. as it happens we see more of the way of sunshine tomorrow. we think we will have the northerly winds tomorrow around the area. that will keep the skies clear most of the day. mainly clear overnight. 36 to 42. bit of a breeze. tomorrow the northerly winds keep temperatures probably 60 for a high. when we get to easter sunday the wind flow will change and come from the east. then e
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cloudiness at times. partly cloudy skies. maybe an overcast period on sunday afternoon. temperatures with the east southeast winds at 26 to -- 62 to 63. then we look south because rain could move our direction late sunday night and for the day on monday. don't worry about the rain tomorrow or the daylight hours of sunday. tomorrow we will get up to 61 with a lot of sunshine. then for the next seven days 62 you see on easter sunday. monday the next frontal system and the area of low pressure moving through have potential to give us rain throughout the day on monday. it looks like it should clear out overnight on tuesday. 60 with sunshine. the same on wednesday. the next system comes to town. another frontal system thursday and friday. chance of showers and temporarily the upper 60's. we still think there is a significant push of the cold air by the end of next weekend around here. but it will be temporary. but not to be pleasant. this is what happens in spring. enjoy it. alison: we will. thank y
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two feuding rappers attempt a reconciliation but it ends with a stabbing. the speaker problems that was blamed for it and the man now facing criminal charges says in his defense. leon: first, though, road rage. allegations of being part of isis. we talk to a man who says a blonde in a convertible rammed kathleen matthews: if we want to be heard, we need women in congress. it was the women who forced republicans to include women's health and contraceptive coverage in the affordable care act. in congress, i'll fight for pay equity, family leave and tougher gun safety laws. and, as an environmentalist, i'll work combat climate change. i know as a journalist and as a senior executive in business that when women are at the table, we get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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leon: police found a woman they say rammed her convertible in a man's car as part of a road rage case. the man says she accused him of being a member of isis as she hit his car repeatedly. cheryl conner spoke with the victim and asked we conceal his identity. >> she put scratches on the back of the bumper. cheryl: the driver wanted to share details to the scary moment. >> she would pull back and then a couple of inches from the bumper. cheryl: the incident started after 7:00 friday morning when the driver of the honda accord said he was on his way to work when she started tailgating him. the victim says the woman followed him for a few miles before he was able to pull over into a shopping center. it is what she did and what she said that surprised him. >> she said that i was in isis and i had been following her since 3:00 in the morning and i needed to go back to my country.
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red convertible into his car several times. he went in and she followed him to yell about isis. employees called the fairfax county police. >> witnesses saw them arguing on scene of the store. the two parties. cheryl: anyone who saw the cars crashing is asked to call the police. they believe she was suffering from mental illness. >> she was having a breakdown. cheryl: the victim does not know the woman picked up by police in prince williams county this afternoon. in lorton, cheryl conner, abc7 news. leon: police tell us that the woman has been taken off for a mental evaluation and they are not going to be seeking criminal charges in this case. alison: meanwhile, fauquier county police investigating an incident of road rage. in this one gunshots were fired. it happened around 1:00 this morning. police say the victim noticed a pickup truck approaching him at a high rate
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sign the window shattered and he realized the driver of the pickup truck was pointing a handgun out of the window and shooting. police are now looking for the toyota takoma or a similar style pickup truck with oversized wheels. if you are hitting the road there are things to be aware of. gas prizes are rising so don't be surprised to see the prices above $2 on your trip. if you are headed south, easy on gas pedal. north carolina has started an aggressive crackdown on speeders. the highway patrol warns the speed limit is the limit. however, it is denying the internet claims that it will ticket drivers driving just one mile per hour over the speed limit. leon: that will could some road rage. just ahead here tonight -- ten allegations of rape on a local campus this year alone. why a
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reports are benefiting others. alison: a maryland man who survived the bomb blast in brussels talked about the moment he knew his life would never be the same if he survived. >> he came to the nightclub to rap. but now he has a rap sheet
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announcer: you're watching "abc7 news at 5:00". on your side. leon: it was supposed to be a show of reconciliation. two rappers ending a feud between them. but instead the night closed with one of the men stabbed and the other facing attempted murder charges. only on 7 now, kevin lewis spoke with the rap artist who is now facing life in prison. kevin? kevin: hi, leon. the reunion concert took place here at the champion restaurant and the hookah lounge along georgia avenue. but after the last verse was sung, a fight spilled out on the sidewalk here with the two rap artists sparring with knives. a cancer at the silver springs nightclub meant to unite two musicians caught in a longstanding feud. but police say after the club closed, rapper haitian swag featured in this music video stabbed rivaled performer little joe in
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haitian swag gave us this picture of little joe who paramedics rushed to holy cross hospital in rough shape. >> i was scared for my life. kevin: today for the first time haitian swag who is now facing life in prison spoke publicly claiming he acted in self-defense. >> the next thing i know, there was a knife. the guy was literally attempting to kill me. had a knife in his hand and tried to stab me. kevin: many of swag's close friends agree. >> there are three or four people coming at you, you will fight your way out. no matter what. you have to get out. you don't just stand there. do what you want to do. it's not fair. not at all. kevin: but police say haitian swag nearly killed a man. an action they contend deserves a stiff sentence. >> i think about this every day. i'm just praying and praying. hopefully the truth will come out. the truth shall set
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kevin: today we did manage to get in touch with little joe but he did not want to comment for this story. again, if convicted of attempted first of degree murder, haitian swag could spend the rest of his life in prison. live in silver springs, i'm kevin lewis, abc7 news. leon: check the top stories. police have a suspect in the october 2014 shooting of a 9-year-old boy in the head. jaydan stancil was hit by a stray bullet on a playground in northeast d.c. the suspect kenneth parker is already in custody on another case but now he is facing 14 additional charges. jaydan survived that shooting and has made a remarkable recovery. alison: maryland governor larry hogan was among those paying final respects to officer jacai colson. thousands attended the funeral for the fallen prince george's county officer. he was shot by a fellow officer as both responded to an ambush at a police station two weeks ago. leon: it has been another day of the an
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at least one person was arrested in connection with tuesday's dead lay tacks there. we have learned that two americans were at least the 31 who were killed. of the hundreds injured at least a dozen are americans. a maryland man is back home tonight after surviving that airport bombing. brian stanley took video and photos of his near brush with death there. he said his flight was originally scheduled for monday but got switched to tuesday which was the day of the attack. after it happened, it took two days for stanley to get a flight out of europe. he says it was love and support that helped him bring him back home. >> so many people letting me know they cared. and wanting to know if i was okay. i came home. that got me through it. leon: stanley by the way is a martial instructor. he was in europe training police officers there. alison: well, a man who used to live in fairfax arrested in north korea has apologized for being a south korean spy.
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guards at his side, he asked for forgiveers. the u.s. and south korea say he is a spy. he was arrested in october. two weeks ago you will remember a university of virginia student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. leon: the case of much more pleasant travel overseas. the first family back in washington tonight. air force one touched down at joint base andrews after a six-day strip to cuba and argentina where history was made. the first family took a motorcade back to the white house. they did it because in part they wanted to check out the cherry blossoms. also preparations for the easter egg roll this weekend. don't want to crush the eggs. two atlanta officers who were supposed to protect and serve are lucky they are not serving jail time after they got in a fight -- get this -- over who
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investigators say officer steven green and joseph tyler began arguing and then threats were made. the two took the argument outside of a bar and began fighting. tyler even pulled his gun. he re-signed from the force. green now is relieved of duty as the investigation there continues. just ahead tonight, it has been a month since deadly tornadoes hit virginia. just ahead, how a church, its building flattened in the storm celebrating this easter. alison: plus, one of the best museums in the country. we'll introduce you to the working woman in charge of the marine corps museum as it prepares for a grand reopening. leon: all right. ahead at 6:00 tonight, we have new information in the death of comedian garry shandling. the warning signs his doctor may have missed that could have s what happens when an all-encompassing brain scan is followed up with an all-embracing hug? what happens when the world's latest surgical technology is combined with caring for the world's newest mother?
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steve: i'm steve rudin. the weekend is here. it will be a beauty. tomorrow looking for daytime highs around 60 degrees. if you are taking a stroll around the tidal basin, a light jacket. winds are out of the east at 5 to 10 miles per hour. sunday, easter sunday looks fantastic. temperatures a little bit warmer. highs will eventually make it in the lower 60's. after a cool start. dress accordingly as we move through the day. i will take a look at the next seven days and we'll cool it down to upper 50's by wednesday of next week. but jumps to near 70 by thursday and friday. stay with us. back after this. your daughter wants to stay organic. your husband wants to stay free from artificial ingredients. you want to stay free from artificial preservatives. and your debit card wants to stay on a diet. fill your cart with small victories like
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alison: a week from today a popular museum will reopen after closing for months for renovation. the national museum of the marine corps. the director may surprise you. it's not a marine and she is tonight's working women. in a recent survey of the best museums in the country, the national museum of the marine corps many is triangle, virginia, was ranked number two. lynn the museum director since it opened ten years ago is not a marine but is part of a family now. >> marine corps cares about the people within the organization. i care for them.
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some people to be surprised that is a civilian is at the helm. >> i'm a museum professional by training. and by trade. and the marine corps when they have a job that is outside the norm for what marines are training to do, they look to the outside. alison: she is now overseeing the renovations and shared some of the plans with us. the museum is doubling in size. new exhibits will open to the year 2020. along with the dive bomber and the helicopter, there will be a giant screen theater. a children's gallery and a hall of valor to honor the medal of hon more recipient. she is still learning the culture of the marine corps. >> my boss a two-star general decided i should go to boot camp for a week or so. just to observe. i didn't have to do anything too strenuous. i still only half understand the language. marine speak is a languagento
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interpreter. alison: but the couple she met at the museum whose son had been killed by an i.e.d. who strengthed her sense of purpose. >> they hadn't come from the cemetery to the museum to try to understand why their son had done what he had done. alison: she says she hopes to continue to help families find answers, to cope with loss or celebrate heroes. in addition to telling the story of the marine corps to the public. again, the reopening the 1st. they will open new exhibits. leon: doing a great job. what we learned a few weeks ago the second most visited museum in the region. alison: very popular. leon: ten years in and she still doesn't understand marine speak? alison: getting better. leon: keep up the good work. celebrating holy week despite losing everything. how a lo
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month after a tornado left the building in ruins. >> there are some people who genuinely don't think it happens. that is concerning for the both of kathleen matthews: if we want to be heard, we need women in congress. it was the women who forced republicans to include women's health and contraceptive coverage in the affordable care act. in congress, i'll fight for pay equity, family leave and tougher gun safety laws. and, as an environmentalist, i'll work combat climate change. i know as a journalist and as a senior executive in business that when women are at the table, we get things done. i'm kathleen mathews and i approve this message.
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leon: breaking news we just heard about in southeast washington. we have just gotten the pictures in here. police shut down good hope road. this is at minnesota avenue. what you are seeing there looks like the remains of a motorcycle. motorcycle crashed in a metro bus we are told. we understand the rider is seriously hurt. this is a live look at the screen. we're told the major crash team is en route there and that usually means the road will be closed for a while. so you might want to avoid the area. let's see how it is shaping up on that area and other parts of the area on the roads with jamie sullivan. jamie: we are starting off in maryland. take a look near downtown bethesda. this is wisconsin crossing with bradley boulevard. and bradley will see a lot of extra volume this weekend heading up to huntington parkway. of course because a lot of cherry blossoms in the kenwood neighborhood. if you live in the area be careful and know that
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stick with maryland and move to the mapping system to show you what we have as far as the volume. of course in the northwest corner, but as you can see this is really the only spot that we are seeing a lot of red. 35 minutes it will take you from the 270 spurt to 95. but for the most part, 66 is clear. 395 no issues to worry about. as we move to the waze map, 95 in virginia. this is the biggest problem spot we have. 20 miles of stop-and-go traffic. starting in dale city continuing south. closer to fredericksburg. that is finally where you get the break. but again we are seeing some big delays on 95. a lot of people heading out of town. happy to report no accidents on 95 in virginia. that is a look at traffic. back to you. alison: okay. thank you very much. well, this week, george mason university officials sent an alert to students about two rapes. reported at the school this week. now we have learned that there have been ten reported rapes this year. northern virgin
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jeff goldberg found out that number is higher than normal. and he explains why. jeff: for tori anderson the freshman year at george mason has been dilled with plenty of great experiences. >> i've felt safe here. jeff: but like many students she was alarmed when she received alert from the administration that two rapes were reported by female students on or near campus in the past week. >> eye-opening. it can happen here. it doesn't happen at over campuses. jeff: we reviewed the george mason university police records for the past three months and found ten rape cases have been reported since january 1. shortly after the incident and others days, weeks, months later. in each of the ten cases the victim and the accused knew one another. in the most recent case reported early this past monday morning, the woman who reported the rape met the man through an online dating app. >> a lot of the cases do involve
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jeff: eric is the compliance coordinator at mason and says the ten rape cases reported this year compared with three this time last year is evidence that efforts to prevent sexual assaults are breaking through. >> as more awareness gets out, the number will go up. it doesn't mean the danger is increasing. it means that the people feel more comfortable to report. that is a good thing. >> we are glad that the culture on the campus is changing and people are realizing this is something wrong and they need to speak out about it. jeff: this group leads patriots in action. campus group and meeting centered around the issue of sexual assault. >> the whole point is to let people know it's real, it happens. we want to do everything we can to prevent it. jeff: in fairfax, jeff goldberg, abc7 news. alison: well, this morning the commute in greenbelt is backed up after a dangerous hit-and-run. it happened on greenbelt road and south way near the greenway center. police say the suspect ended up hitting
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vehicles, lost control of the car, hit the curb, hit a sign and then took off on foot. fortunately, though, no one was hurt. leon: something more pleasant here, our favorite viral video panda is at it again. i know you remember rolling around in the video. this is a 265-pound panda taking a bubble bath in a wash bucket. this is an enrichment bath is what they are calling it. alison: needs a bigger bathtub. leon: got to get cleaned up for the cherry blossoms, too. alison: doing a little sightseeing later on. we have good weather for it. right, doug? doug: it will be cooler over the weekend but the conditions are pretty good. might just need a jacket along the tidal basin there. good shape there. upper 60's around the area. check the numbers. 64 in manassas. 67 in reagan nationalment 70 in
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winchester in the 50's already. cumberland is 48 degrees. pollen count in today is the high range of the tree pollen continues. that will be the story. we look forward to monday when it will rain to wash it out of the air for a bit. low levels of grass pollen and the mole spores. weeds are absent too. early in the season for weeds. satellite and the radar we tracked a cold front across the region this morning. moved out of the way and the skies are clearing. it will turn mostly clear through the overnight hours. northerly winds, 5-mile-per-hour or so. comfortably cool. 36 to 42. above freezing across the entire area. by early tomorrow morning the numbers will range from 41 in annapolis to upper marlboro. 36 in gaithersburg. 39 in leesburg. manassas will wake up the temperatures close to the 40-degree mark. tomorrow, winds are north, northeasterly. plenty of sunshine and cooler temperatures. about 60 degrees. get through late in the night saturday to easter sunday morning. winds will turn east/southe
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on sunday. highs in the lower 60's with flow of wind off the ocean. then as we get through the late hours of sunday through monday. that is when we see the rain. the saturday forecast looks fine. clouds in the morning becoming mostly sunny. highs of 61 degrees. easter sunday, partly cloudy and 62. clouds at night. rain likely on monday. clearing tuesday and wednesday. the temperatures will head back up to the upper 60's thursday and friday with a chance of a few showers. that is the latest. leon, alison, back to you. alison: not too bad. thank you. leon: sports now. the sweet 16 hasn't been so sweet to us so far. hopefully it will change tonight. alison: that is right. let's check in with robert burton who is live in chicago again with a preview. big game, robert. leon: hey, robert. robert: yeah. yeah. there is the potential for things to be sweet rather than sour. help me for a second. look at the right shoulder. looking at the entrance all day. looking for orange and blue. if you guys see some, let me know. i don't see any. if you
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don't be fooled. i could be syracuse. i guess we expected this because of the proximity of the iowa to illinois. so it could be a home game for iowa state. however, trust and believe we did find a handful. there some are of the u.v.a. fans. from charlottesville to chicago, in a city filled with basketball history. the cavs hope to pull off a sweet 16 victory over the cyclones in the windy city. >> it's awesome. a great opportunity to be here. we are lucky and thankful to have the chance to play in this arena. robert: who is for excited that the game is in chicago in the 6'6" guard in the game of a lifetime or devon the former who now lives in chicago. when she found out they were come coming she got tickets. >> i think the c
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great. it would be great. wonderful for university and behind the team and excited for them. robert: app wants to see her team happy. >> it would be a great accomplishment for the school and the team of players. they have been working really hard. a fantastic program. we're excited for the team. robert. in soccer don't miss this. d.c.-unit is taking on d.c. dallas at 5:30. you can catch that game right here on abc7. that is tomorrow. so coming up, george nieng is a 6'9" all-american, possible home game from iowa state and the fast-pace offense that u.v.a. could have a problem with. that's at 6:00. leon: great matchup. alison: see you then. leon: thank you, robert. comi
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alison: members of a church in tappahannock, virginia, will still come together on sunday to celebrate easter despite the fact the church is in pieces. it was destroyed in last month's tornadoes there. suzanne kennedy shows us how they still plan to celebrate the holy holiday. suzanne: on this holiest of weekends, members of a congregation are without the home church in which to worship. >> it's is hard to come here and see we don't have the church here anymore. this is just devastating. alison: st. john's church used to look like this. last month's attorneyeds with winds of 14
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leaving behind the foundation. >> it's difficult. yet it is confident in a way we know we keep the faith. it will be better after a while. suzanne: this is where the sanctuary used to be. it had just undergone a complete renovation. new pews, choir stand and new carpet. now all of it is gone. easter weekend won't be the same this year. members have a temporary home they would rather be in the 145-year-old church. >> it's just nice just to come here in the house of the lord to worship. well, i'm worshiping in another church but it's just not like church. suzanne: insurance will only cover two-third of the $1 million it will take to rebuild. >> married here, my children were baptized here. suzanne: lifetime members are vowing to recover. >> god is still
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we'll stick together as a church. we will get through this. >> amen. suzanne: in tappahannock, virginia, suzanne kennedy, abc7 news. alison: that will do it for "abc7 news at 5:00". here is what is coming up at 6:00 -- it is a big weekend, of course, events in d.c. with the cherry blossoms. there is a wizards game, a caps game as well. stepped up security in the wake of the brussels attack. also ahead -- candidates feuding over spouses. the war of words between donald trump and ted cruz takes a new turn. christians around the world and in the district mark good friday. the "abc7 news at 6:00" starts right now. announcer: now, "abc7 news at 6:00". on your side. leon: this week's terrorists attacks attacks attacks in europe is on the minds of eve
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the minds this weekend. and we have a look at the stepped up efforts. stephen tschida? stephen: maureen, the nation's capital is bustling right now. you have a game here tonight at the verizon center. a lot of people are here. cherry blossoms, crowds there, and the standard attractions sum as the museums -- such as the museums. a lot of people along the capital and a lot enjoying themselves but they are acknowledging there are concerns about terrorism. peak cherry blossom weekend. the blooms mean a tourism boom. but in the aftermath of the brussels terrorist attacks some visitors say there is underlying tension here. >> definitely. we live in a world where people aren't getting along. >> the nation's capital filled with throngs of people for abundance of events and attractions. a city on high alert since the paris attacks last year. security highly


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